Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore Yank Latest Albums From Spotify
The news comes one week after Taylor Swift made the decision to take her entire catalog off of the online streaming service. ‘1989’ debuted at No. 1 and sold 1.2 million copies in its opening week — something Swift is not so sure would have happened had she allowed free streaming of individual tracks.
“If I had streamed the new album, it’s impossible to try to speculate what would have happened. But all I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift says. “And I’m not wiling to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
According to Rolling Stone, that’s the same call Gilbert and Moore — who are labelmates with Swift on Big Machine Label Group — have made. Gilbert’s most recent album, ‘Just as I Am,’ and Moore’s latest, ‘Off the Beaten Path,’ are no longer available for streaming on Spotify, leaving just one single for listeners to consume as a teaser.
That model is one that many labels have debated, arguing that the greatest sales of any album are in the immediate period after its initial release, and the additional revenue from streaming is nowhere near enough to compensate for the margins on lost sales.
Spotify offers consumers the choice to stream music at no charge with commercials, or pay five or ten dollars per month to avoid commercials and access special features. The service pays out between 0.006 cents and 0.0084 cents for each stream, which critics have decried as far too low.
“There is a premium for ‘brand new’ — movies, cars, clothes, everything else,” argues Jon Loba, executive vice president of Aldean’s label, BBR Music Group. “Why we devalue music, I don’t know. I understand five years down the road — potentially — there will be enough streaming revenue to balance it out. In the meantime, how much revenue are we giving away?”
Garth Brooks‘ hotly-anticipated ‘Man Against Machine‘ album is also not available via Spotify or any other streaming service, to nobody’s surprise. The country legend has long been an outspoken opponent of not only streaming, but even downloading services like iTunes. He recently launched his own digital platform, GhostTunes, to offer his music online for the first time ever, and just joined social media on Tuesday (Nov. 11), the day his latest project dropped.
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